Errors and Issues When Hosting With Arcade Beta

Arcade is currently in beta, which means bugs are to be expected. Games aren't guaranteed to work correctly on Arcade currently, and whether they work or how well they work may vary considerably based on your hardware and configuration.

This article contains some tips that users hosting the game can follow to fix issues, but in case you are not satisfied with how Arcade is working with a specific game, please consider using the Computers tab in the meantime, which should be much more reliable.

 

Error codes when trying to host games

Some error codes have explanations inside the Parsec application, and you may be able to click Read More for more information. You can alternatively see the list of all error codes along with articles. If your error code does not have its own dedicated article or message, you either have a rare error, it has no known solution, or the game is unsupported.

 

The game doesn't show as a hosting option

This can mean multiple things:

  • The game is running as administrator. Ensure both your game and your game store are not running as administrator, otherwise Arcade will either not show it or give an error
  • If your game has Easy Anti-Cheat (a popular example being Dragon Ball FighterZ) that may prevent it from showing up as a hosting option. If you're trying to host it, search up how to disable Easy Anti-Cheat for it. Here are some steps for Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • The game is an UWP app from the Microsoft Store. These cannot be captured at the moment and are unsupported
  • What you're trying to host isn't a game. Ensure the game is already running, and that you're not trying to host the game launcher or a game store
  • The game is running in an unsupported renderer. If your game or emulator lets you switch the renderer in its settings, try to switch the renderer to either OpenGL, Direct3D 9, 11 or 12, then restart the game and host it again. Arcade does not support Vulkan
    • CemuOptions > General settings > Graphics > Graphics API: OpenGL
    • Dolphin: Options > Graphics Settings > Renderer: Direct3D 11
    • PCSX2: Config > Video > Plugin Settings > Renderer: Try Direct3D 11 or OpenGL
    • Project64Ctrl + T > Plugins > Video plugin: Glide64
    • RPCS3: Configuration > GPU > Renderer: OpenGL. Some settings in the same place like 'Multithreaded RSX' may need to be disabled and 'Strict Rendering' may need to be enabled so Arcade works
    • Yuzu: Emulation > Configure > Graphics > API: OpenGL
    • Retroarch: Settings > Video > Output > Video: gl
  • Some programs that interact with the game files or produce an in-game overlay may prevent Parsec from hosting correctly, such as MSIAfterburner, Rivatuner, OBS (using game capture mode), or similar. Try disabling overlays or closing the programs before starting the game and attempting to host

 

Glitched video or overlay

Some games and most emulators allow you to switch the renderer, which may in turn fix video or overlay issues. If you can, try switching it and make sure to restart the game and try hosting again. The Parsec overlay was also not implemented for the Direct3D 12 renderer, so avoid this renderer if possible.

You can also attempt these other fixes:

  • Switch the game between fullscreen and windowed mode, then restart the game and try hosting again
  • Some programs that interact with the game files or produce an in-game overlay may prevent Parsec from hosting correctly, such as MSIAfterburner, Rivatuner, OBS (using game capture mode), or similar. Try disabling overlays or closing the programs before starting the game and attempting to host

 

Glitched audio

Some emulators have additional audio options that may fix broken audio with it. After tweaking these settings, restart the emulator and try hosting again. Aside from that, generally if you get issues with the audio, there aren't known fixes.

  • Cemu: In Options > General settings > Audio, disable the gamepad sound and keep only the TV sound enabled
  • Snes9x: In Alt + T > Sound Driver, select WaveOut

 

My hosted game doesn't show publicly or links don't work

If your game isn't showing in the public lobby, or trying to use the link always gives error 99, make sure your game is properly approved in the Windows Firewall. Also confirm your internet is working properly. If you're hosting an illegal copy of a game, the issue can't be fixed and you need to obtain your game legally.

 

What if I cannot fix my issues?

Not everything is yet fixable in Arcade Beta. In case you are not satisfied with how a specific game is working, consider using the Computers tab in the meantime, which is much more reliable.

  • Play with friends: Add yourselves with the Friends icon in the left sidebar. People can join a friend who is willing to host a game by clicking Connect in the Computers tab
  • Get a quick link: Send a link to anyone by clicking Share in the Computers tab. You can share this on the #arcade channel in the Parsec Discord server to get some people to play with